2012-02-16 / Obituaries

LaTonya Chatmon-Kidane

LaTonya Chatmon-Kidane was born Nov. 16, 1978 to Ms. Elouise Chatmon and the late John Robin Rodgers in Jackson. She later moved with her family to Los Angeles, Calif., where she attended Los Angeles Unified Schools. She graduated from Dorsey Susan High School. LaTonya departed this life Feb. 2, 2012 in Los Angeles at 33 years of age.

In her spiritual walk, she obeyed the Gospel, was baptized and in April 2005, became a member of the Church of Christ in Inglewood, Calif., where she served with Young Adult Ministries (YAMS).

She worked for the Department of Motor Vehicles where she will be greatly missed and served her country in the United States Army where she received the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (4th Award), Army Superior Unit and Army Good Conduct Medal (2nd Award); Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Non-Commissioned Officer Professional, and Advanced Leaders Course Phase I, II, III.

She met and was united in holy matrimony to her husband,

Amaniel Kidane and to this union, one child, Chloe Amani Kidane was born.

In addition to her father, LaTonya was preceded in death by grandparents, Lessie Mae Chatmon, T.J. McGee, and Jim and Johnnie Rodgers.

In addition to her husband and daughter, she will be missed by her mother, Elouise Chatmon of Los Angeles; siblings, Orentha “Ken” (Meranda) Chatmon of Semmes, Roderick Chatmon of San Diego, Lazaka Omarnesa Fields and Quisha Marshae Fields, both of Los Angeles; Tracy (Reshawn) Howard of Phoenix City; Robin (Catherine) Rodgers of Columbus, Ga.; Johnyell (Sophia) Rodgers and Aurelia McKenzie, both of Jackson; three very special friends, LaDronna Smith, Cyncheryl Scott and Lateka “Teka” Jackson-Allen, a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, other relatives and devoted friends.

Funeral services were Feb. 14 at Saint Union Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson with the Rev. James M. Howard, pastor, and the Rev. Cossie Wilson as eulogist. Military rites and burial were at Woodlawn Cemetery in Jackson under the direction of Andrews Funeral Home in Jackson.

On-line condolences may be left to the family at www.viewobit.com.

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